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Mark Davis playing his new creation "WORDHACK" on a Palm 3c...
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Ketchikan: Former Ketchikan Resident Markets New Game - Former Ketchikan, Alaska resident Mark Davis has recently released a new downloadable game software for Palm and Palm OS based organizers, phones and other PDA's. His new game software "WORDHACK" is currently being reviewed within the California educational system and Davis is upbeat regarding his latest creation for handheld devices.

Davis is a 1995 Ketchikan graduate and has been actively programming since age 7. Since graduation, he has pursued a career in software development and testing in the Seattle area, including several stints working at Microsoft facilities developing and testing Direct X applications and programs. - Read the rest of this story...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

Alaska: 8 Alaskans file lawsuit to get longevity bonus back - Eight Alaskans say the state broke a promise when it ended the Longevity Bonus Program and are suing to reinstate the monthly checks for all who got them. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - link posted Thursday - December 18, 2003

Alaska: Newspaper questions Stevens' ethics; Los Angeles Times reports senator and his family have gained financially from his position - The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday published a front-page story showing that Ted Stevens and family members have gained financially from business interests that Stevens has helped through his position as a powerful member of the U.S. Senate. - Read this story...
Anchorage Daily News - link posted Thursday - December 18, 2003

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Governor Murkowski meets with Juneau Seniors after announcing a new program Wednesday called SeniorCare. - Photo courtesy Office of the Governor...

Alaska: Governor announces SeniorCare - Wednesday Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski announced SeniorCare, a new proposed program to make prescription drugs more affordable for Alaska seniors. "SeniorCare will provide qualified seniors with a prescription drug benefit to assist in the purchase of needed medications," Governor Murkowski said. SeniorCare will also include a new Senior Information Office and a Preferred Drug List to make prescription drugs more affordable. Seniors receiving the Alaska Senior Assistance Program can choose to continue receiving the cash assistance of $120 a month instead of the drug coverage. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

National: 2003 Marked By Contrasting Conditions Across The U.S. While Global Temperatures Remain High - The 2003 climate in the United States was wetter and cooler-than-average in the East, warmer and drier-than-average in the West, while drought conditions persisted, or worsened, throughout much of the central and western regions, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Working from the world's largest statistical weather database, the scientists also estimate that 2003 will likely be the third warmest year on record for the globe. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

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Alaska: Operation CARE Holiday Lifesaver Weekend - The last "Operation CARE" (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) enforcement weekend for this year begins at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, December 19th, and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st. The Alaska State Troopers will join forces with state and local law enforcement agencies across Alaska and the nation in this special Operation CARE pre-holiday safety enforcement effort. Operation CARE is an international campaign designed to promote and maintain transportation safety on the nations highways. In addition to troopers working their regular shifts, two troopers in B (Palmer/Mat-Su), D (Fairbanks/Interior) and E (Girdwood/Kenai Peninsula) Detachment, and one trooper from A (Southeast), and C (Western Alaska) Detachment will each be working a minimum of 5 hours of overtime per day. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

Ketchikan & Satewide: Enrollment for Online High School Courses Open - The Craig City School District is now offering tuition-based high school courses online. A variety of courses are offered in Lanquage Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Enrollment is now open for Spring 2004 and the first day of class is January 19, 2004. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

Alaska & Nationwide: Coast Guard reminds maritime community of approaching security deadline, potential penalties for non-compliance - The U.S. Coast Guard reminds members of the maritime community that security plans for vessels and facilities affected by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 are due to the Coast Guard by the end of this month, and warns that it may impose civil penalties for not complying with the requirement. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

Alaska: NOAA Fisheries Announces Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Crab Fishery Buyback - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is implementing a $100 million buyback program for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands king and tanner crab fishery. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Under the program, NOAA Fisheries will pay fishermen to permanently relinquish their fishing licenses and catch histories and their vessels' fishing privileges. The vessels will never again be used to fish anywhere in the world. The program is voluntary and will be based on a bidding process. - Read more...
Thursday - December 18, 2003 - 12:45 am

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Ketchikan's Holiday Lights:
A Photo Feature by Carl Thompson

photosFestive holiday lights are appearing daily throughout the Ketchikan community. These colorful gifts of lights are provided by families for the enjoyment of all. Carl Thompson is traveling the community to capture these colorful light displays to share with the Sitnews readers.

Watch for the two new holiday lights' photo galleries.... coming soon.

 arrow Photo Gallery 8 - Dec. 15, 2003  arrow Photo Gallery 7 - Dec. 15, 2003
 arrow Photo Gallery 6 - Dec. 13, 2003  arrow Photo Gallery 5 - Dec. 11, 2003
 arrow Photo Gallery 4 - Dec. 10, 2003  arrow Photo Gallery 3 - Dec. 10, 2003
 arrow Photo Gallery 2 - Dec. 07, 2003  arrow Photo Gallery 1 - Dec. 04, 2003


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